With the Evergreen Line coming into service in the Fall of 2016, the TriCities of Port Moody, Coquitlam, and Port Coquitlam are going to enter a new era of transportation choice. However, communities just a little further east will need to be connected to the new SkyTrain ending in Coquitlam Town Centre. Enter yet another B-Line
There are more B-Line buses slated to start service between 2020 and 2025.
Coquitlam Centre to Langley (via Ridge Meadows) B-Line
This will be another monster B-Line when it comes online after 5-10 years of a Yes vote on the impending Transportation and Transit Plebiscite. It covers up to 6 municipalities depending on the exact alignment of the route.
The route would likely start at Coquitlam Station near the very busy Coquitlam Centre and the bevy of shopping complexes in that area. The bus would start eastward down Lougheed Highway through Port Coquitlam towards the Pitt River Bridge.
After the Pitt River, the bus would enter the mostly rural communities of Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge. Don’t be mistaken, though, the Meadows Ridge area is booming and building fast. A good, reliable, frequent bus service would go a long way to give more transportation choice to that area of the region.
The B-Line would then continue south across the Golden Ears Bridge and head down to the very busy 200 St. to Langley Town Centre. The very busy Willowbrook Mall and surrounding shopping centres would be big destinations served by this B-Line. It would also make the Colossus movie theatre just off Highway 1 easily accessible by frequent transit.
Estimated capital costs for this monster B-Line are $9.4 million and operating costs are $4.9 million. This B-Line would act as a de facto extension of the Evergreen Line into the more eastern communities.
The ballots will be sent out by March 16, 2015 and residents of Metro Vancouver will have until May 29, 2015 to mail in their votes. Voting YES for a 0.5% increase in the provincial sales tax will cost the average household only a 1-2 hundred dollars a year, but it will provide financial stability for a great variety of transportation projects that will transform Metro Vancouver. A YES vote will benefit your mobility and my mobility in the region. Please vote Yes to better transportation.